The Chinese authorities again advocated this Monday for a “peaceful unification” with Taiwan but warned that They do not rule out “other methods” to achieve it in the midst of an increase in tension between the parties.
“Those who support the independence of the island are the biggest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” said the foreign minister, qin gang. He also stated that “given these separatist attempts”, Beijing could be forced to take other measures.
In this sense, he accused the United States of supporting these forces in the framework of its foreign policy. “The country is trying to carry out a policy that is based on undermining China’s development, and for that they use Taiwan,” she said in an interview with the newspaper. Asharq al-Awsat.
In this sense, he tried to clear up doubts about a possible armed conflict between the United States and China on the island and indicated that Beijing “has always shown extreme sincerity and has implemented the necessary measures to achieve peaceful unification.”
“We are prepared to take other measures in this regard considering these options”, he advanced, before stressing that the Asian giant considers Taiwan an “inseparable” part of its territory. “We will continue to uphold our sovereignty and territorial integrity to protect the interests of the 1.4 billion people who make up China, including the people of Taiwan,” he said.
In addition, he stressed that “if the United States really wants peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, it must re-adhere to the one-China principle in its original format and (…) oppose and stop Taiwan’s independence.”
For his part, the Taiwanese Defense Minister, Chiu Kuo-chengrevealed Monday that Taipei has held talks with the US government about the type of weapons it would need if Washington decides to provide an emergency military aid package valued at 500 million dollars.
According to the official agency CNAsChiu told a legislative session that President Joe Biden’s administration has been planning to send a $500 million military aid package to Taiwan through an emergency program similar to the one it has used to help Ukraine.
Chiu said that Taiwan had been in talks with the United States since January to decide what weapons it would need if Washington decided to grant the package, without providing further details.
Last year, the United States announced a $1.1 billion military aid package for Taiwan. and that they will serve the island, whose sovereignty China claims, to reinforce its missile and radar system.
The island is one of the biggest sources of conflict between China and the United States, mainly because Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would be its greatest military ally in the event of a war with the Asian giant.
China’s regime claims sovereignty over Taiwan, which it views as a rogue province since Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war to the communist army.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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